Welcome! We’re so excited you want to share your work with us. We promise to read your submission all the way through, but first, we ask that you do the same with our guidelines.
Please read all guidelines carefully. Shows submitted outside the specified dates and/or guidelines WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
- Submissions due by Friday, May 30th.
- Selections will be made and artists notified by July 31st.
- Performance dates will be in October 2014.
We are primarily looking for new short plays by female writers, but we do consider submissions by male writers that explore complex female characters and perspectives and are appropriate for a celebration of female voices. Please don’t put a woman’s name on your play. It WON’T help you.
We will only consider plays that have not yet been produced in New York City.
Submissions are ONLY accepted electronically. No in-person submissions will be accepted.
Submissions and payment must be submitted via the Submission Form link.
The Submission Charge for consideration for the festival is $10.
Please number the pages of your script.
Maximum length is 20 pages, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Preferred length is 10-15 pages, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only .doc, .docx and .pdf formats will be accepted.
Please complete all required fields on Submission Form but DO NOT include your name or any identifying information on the submission you upload. We only take blind submissions.
There are no stipulations on content or subject matter. Material need not be women’s issues-oriented. We’re interested in all that women are writing about.
Your play will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
o Does the play have a clear beginning, middle, and end?
o Does the play avoid negative stereotypes?
o Is the subject matter new and interesting or, if it’s a familiar story, is it told in an interesting or innovative way?
o Is the play well written?
o Would it fit well in an evening line-up of plays?
o Will it work in our space?
o Are you excited to see this play on the stage?
Playwrights must be open and willing to work on possible re-writes and/or cuts. IF your play is chosen and it is running longer than 20 minutes, you MUST cut. NO EXCEPTIONS!
All plays should require only simple production values (sets, lights and costumes). If it can’t be done with our unit set and some imagination, then please don’t submit it!
All short plays must have a minimum of two characters. If you have a one-woman show, please look at the guidelines for Sola Voce, our solo shows component.
No attached casts or directors. (You may refer actors and directors for audition/interview.)
An electronic confirmation will be sent to you to let you know when all of your materials (submission form, payment and script) have been received/processed.
Ready to submit? Click here.
Q: Can I submit more than one play for consideration?
A: Yes, you may. We are now allowing writers to submit more than once. However, for EACH play submitted, the writer must pay a separate $10 fee.
Q: Why is there a charge to submit?
A: Unlike most other play festivals out there that we know of, this $10 fee is the ONLY cost we ask you to incur. We cover all the costs of producing your play, including:
- renting audition space, rehearsal space & performance space (this is the big one!)
- securing the services of a director, stage manager and designers
- paying travel stipends to any Equity actors that are cast
(As creative artists submitting and producing work ourselves, we actually think it’s a pretty good deal.)
Q: Is my submission fee tax deductible?
A: Absolutely. Should you require a letter to go along with the receipt, please contact us via email.